Smog in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore

Schools were temporarily closed for a few days in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The reason was the pollution caused in the air by fires burning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. The fires are believed to have been illegally started by companies and farmers clearing land for plantations. Fires are used every year as a way of clearing land by some companies in Indonesia. However, this year, the fires have caused a big pollution hazard in multiple countries. The government of Indonesia has asked other countries for help to control the fires, and Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore are all helping out.

Indonesia is a country made up of over 17,000 islands, with the equator running through the nation. Jakarta is its capital. The second largest island in the world (not including continents) is New Guinea (shared by the countries of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia). The third largest island is Borneo (shared by the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei).


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The largest island in the world is Greenland, which is part of the country Denmark.

Image Credits: Amirin for the Indonesian fire image, NSW Rural Fire Service and for the image of the plane
Sources:,, CNN,, CIA World Factbook